• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lucky presaging or likely to bring good luck "a favorable time to ask for a raise","lucky stars","a prosperous moment to make a decision"
    • adj lucky occurring by chance "a lucky escape","a lucky guess"
    • adj lucky having or bringing good fortune "my lucky day","a lucky man"
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The lucky man The lucky man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being "Magically Delicious." Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.
    • Lucky Favored by luck; fortunate; meeting with good success or good fortune; -- said of persons; as, a lucky adventurer. "Lucky wight."
    • Lucky Producing, or resulting in, good by chance, or unexpectedly; favorable; auspicious; fortunate; as, a lucky mistake; a lucky cast; a lucky hour. "We doubt not of a fair and lucky war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lucky Favored by luck; fortunate; meeting with good success: as, a lucky adventurer.
    • lucky Producing good by chance or unexpectedly: favorable; auspicious: as, a lucky adventure; a lucky time; a lucky cast.
    • lucky Bulky; full; superabundant: as, lucky measure.
    • lucky Handy.
    • lucky Synonyms and Fortunate, etc. See happy.
    • n lucky See the phrase.
    • lucky More than enough; too: as, lucky severe; lucky long.
    • n lucky An elderly woman; a grandam; goody: prefixed to a person's name: as, Lucky M‘Laren.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lucky having good luck: auspicious
    • n Lucky luk′i (Scot.) an elderly woman.
    • n Lucky luk′i (slang) departure
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Throw a lucky man into the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.”
  • Solon
    “Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “It is not a lucky word, this name impossible; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.”


Happy-go-lucky - If someone is happy-go-lucky, they don't worry or plan and accept things as they happen.


In literature:

Here's Harcourt, that's lucky.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
We have been lucky enough to get some good butter and some tinned milk from a small cafe near here.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
If I get a second I shall be lucky.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Would not the world say of her how lucky she had been should it come to pass that she should become Mrs Whittlestaff?
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
Lucky nothing too bad happened.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
I count myself lucky to be livin' as old as I is.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
I was lucky to find favour in his eyes, and our relations were always friendly.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Perhaps that's lucky, too.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Jack took it all in his customary happy-go-lucky way and sent back as good as he received.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
Do you know, he never wrote about it as though he thought he'd been lucky in getting it.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Jenny and Will go arm in arm.
He's a lucky fellow;
Jenny's checks are pink as rose,
Her mother's cheeks are yellow.
"Under The Locusts" by John Crowe Ransom
They met again at Christmas-tide,
And wistful were the two.
Said Jack: "you're lucky here to bide."
Said Will: "I envy you."
"The Dream" by Robert W Service
And so you soothe—'tis only fair—
The souls you lately vexed.
'Tis lucky you have grace to spare
For this world and—the next.
""Although no stupid scoffer, I"" by Alfred Austin
You were lucky at finding things not lost
As a milkmaid milks with pliers
Your mothers nurse your baby
If you can't use Dunlop tyres.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett
If wild my breast and sore my pride,
I bask in dreams of suicide;
If cool my heart and high my head,
I think, "How lucky are the dead!"
"Rhyme Against Living" by Dorothy Parker
In the old, old days upon Innish,
The fields were lucky and bright,
And if you lay down you'd be covered
By the grass of one soft night.
"Interior" by Padraic Colum

In news:

It was titled "Lucky Jim".
Channing Tatum is one lucky fella.
Lucky 66 Bowl, Dewar 's Pub.
Lucky 66 Bowl, Dewar 's Pub at 6132 4th St NW.
In my ninth grade English class, I got lucky.
The Georgia Lottery says a lucky winner in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
Q If you're lucky, you didn't see it happen.
That's why I was lucky to get it put in there, because they say you usually have to go through anesthesia to get a hip back put in.
John Jannuzzi is a contributing digital editor at Lucky Magazine and writes about fashion and retail for several Websites and his blog, Textbook.
WGNA listeners love the lucky 107 dollar bill game.
Just wondering if anyone has a lucky something that they take fishing every time they go fishing.
LUCKY is the president who gets his recession out of the way early.
Jeff Farmer, executive chef at Lucky in Roanoke, said he wants to forage for his menu.
But you're footing the bill for some lucky stiffs who don't have to worry about market crashes, medical costs or inflation.
Rides begin Friday through Jan 6, and we're giving away a four-pack of tickets to one lucky commentor.

In science:

Under these poor observational conditions, observing techniques like lucky imaging are completely useless.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
Since the lucky imaging technique is feasible with an input seeing FWHM of ∼1” (Hormuth et al. 2008), this experiment demonstrates how our instrument can improve the performance of a lucky imaging device.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
This result is quite promising if the prototype is attached to a lucky imaging camera.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
When combined with an AO system, Lucky Imaging selects the periods when the turbulence that the adaptive optics system must correct is reduced.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging